Henri Jean Baptiste Victoire Fradelle, Antique French Oil on Canvas Shakespearian Lovers Historical Interior Scene, Circa 1810
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The artist was born in Lille, France, his father was Joseph Guillaume Fradelle, a musician, and his mother was Adelaide Geneviève Valla, both from Paris. Fradelle studied under Joseph-Benoît Suvée at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He left for Italy in 1808 and lived there until 1816. He then moved to London, which became his home, apart from a few years spent in Paris between 1830 and 1837. Over a 30 year period the artist exhibited over 36 works at the British Institution and 11 works at The Royal Academy.
Fradelle's works were purchased by such notables as Lord Holland (Holland House), the Earl of Egremont (Petworth House), Lord Northwick, Wynn Ellis, J. Marshall of Leeds, and the Duke of Leuchtenberg of Munich. The Earl of Leicester's Visit to Amy Robsart at Cumnor Place is exhibited at Petworth House (the preparatory drawing for the latter is in the British Museum, London), and Fradelle's Othello Relating the Story of His Life to Brabantio and Desdemona is now part of the Royal Shakespeare Company Collection in Stratford upon Avon. Drawings by Fradelle can be found at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, France.
Many of Fradelle's works were engraved by artists such as Charles Turner, some of the engravings can be found at the National Portrait Gallery and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
Manuscript letters by Fradelle to Baron Darnay, Mr. & Mrs. Ogle, and Mrs. Herving are at the Princeton University Library and at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Works by the artist are housed in museums from the Louvre to the British Museum.
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